It was Side A all the way when Tom Petty played the BST festival in Hyde Park on Sunday.
“We’re going to look at the show like it’s a giant one-sided vinyl,” said the star, “and we’re going to drop the needle all up and down the record.”
The set included nearly two dozen classics, such as Free Fallin’, I Won’t Back Down and Learning To Fly.
Stevie Nicks joined him halfway through the set for a special version of their 1981 hit Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.
“You know that Tom Petty is my favourite rock star!” said the singer.
Nicks had earlier played a support slot, running through her Fleetwood Mac songbook with renditions of Dreams and Gold Dust Woman, alongside solo hits Edge of Seventeen and Landslide.
After playing Rhiannon, the 69-year-old noted she’d played the song at every concert since it was released in 1975.
“It’s never not been done,” she deadpanned. “Rhiannon: You just can’t get rid of her.”
Nicks also delved into her pre-fame catalogue with the Buckingham-Nicks song Crying In The Night which, she noted, was written in 1970, when she was a struggling musician working as a waitress in LA.
“Dreams do come true,” she told the audience. “Because 44 years later you can sing a song you thought nobody would ever hear in Hyde Park in London, England.” Continue reading